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Full text of "The murdered murderer; or, the Worcester tragedy: a full and correct history of the mysterious murder of the Rev. Mr. Parker, of Oddingley, near Droitwich, on midsummerday, 1806; and the subsequent discovery of the murdered body of his supposed murderer,"

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A FULL AND CORRECT HISTORY OF THE 

MYSTERIOUS MURDER OF the Rev. Mr. PARKER, 
Of Oddinyhy, near Droitwicli, on Midsummer- D ay , 1806 ; 

AND THE SUBSEQUENT DISCOVKRY OF THE 



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IN JANUARY, 1830 ; WITH 

THE WHOLE OF THE CORONER'S INQUEST, 

TO THE VERDICT OF THE JURY, 

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THE CONFESSION IN FULL OF THOMAS CLEWES. 




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THE MURDERED MURDERER. 



A DISCOVERY was made in the 
neighbourhood of Worcester, about 
the middle of January, 1830, which 
has excited a strong sensation, and 
given rise to much conjecture. The 
Rev. Mr. Parker, of Oddingley, near 
Droitvvich, was murdered on Mid- 
summer-Day, 1806. About five 
o'clock in the afternoon of that day 
two persons were walking near Od- 
dingley, and heard the report of a 
gun, and a few minutes after the cry 
of *' Murder!'' They hastened to 
the spot, where they found a man 
putting something into a bag, who, 
on being spoken to, dropped the 
bag, and ran off. Near the spot 
they discovered, lying on the ground, 
the body of the Rev, Mr. Parker, 
who had been shot, and his clothes 
set on fire by the wadding of the 
gun. One of them ran after the 
man, but on coming close to him he 
turned round and threatened to 
shoot him, upon which he gave up 
the pursuit, and the villain escaped. 
On examination of the body, it was 
found that, besides being shot, Mr. 
Parker had been beaten about the 
head, and part of a broken gun was 
found in the bag. On the following 
day an inquest was held on the 
body, and a verdict returned of 
*' Wilful Murder by some person 
or persons unknown." The des- 
cription given of the person seen 
near the body, and the immediate 
disappeaPance of a person named 
Richard Heming.. a carpenter and 
wheelwright of Droitwich, left little 
(ioubt that he was the murderer, and 
liie count V magistrates offered a re- 
ward of fifty guineas for his appre- 
hension ; and government offered a 



reward of one hundred guineas' or 
the conviction of the murderer, ? d 
a free pardon for any accompl :e 
who should make the discovery and 
give evidence. The murderer, h( ./- 
ever, was never discovered, and 11 
traces of Heming were lost ;^an( i 
report soon after prevailed that - 
had gone to America. An opini a, 
however, was entertained by soi t^ 
for years after, that he had b( a 
made away with, and buried uiu r 
a clover-rick, in the farm-yard i 
Captain Evans, which was put to 
ther immediately after the mure ' 
was committed, and remained \ 
disturbed for ten years. To expl, ' 
the origin of this opinion, it is nee 
sary to state, that at the time of t 
murder it was believed that '^ 
Parker, who had lived upon ve 
bad terms with some of his pari; 
ioners, had been murdered from n 
fives of revenge, and that Hemi i 
had been employed to perpetrate 1 - 
dreadful deed. In the lapse of yej 
the subject comparatively died awf 
but, contrary to all expectation, af' 
a lapse of upwards of three-ar: 
twenty years, the body of the mi 
derer has been discovered, and n - 
der circumstances which leave 
doubt that the punishment follow 
the crime with hot pursuit ; a 
that, by the retributive justice 
Providence, the murderer, still ree 
ing with the blood of his victim, n: 
his fate from a murderer's hand — pr 
bably from the hand of his tempt{ 
On the 23 st of January, a carpent( 
named Charles Burton, was ot 
ployed by Mr. Wattison, a farm* 
who occupies a frirm at Netherwoo 
in the parish of Oddiiigley, whi' 



THE MURDERED MURDERER. 



at the time of ihv murder was oc- 
cupied by a farmer named Thomas 
Clewes, to take down a barn, and 
found buried in one of the corners, 
the skeleton of a man who had 
evidently been buried in his clothes, 
which were all decayed but the 
shoes, which were tolerably entire ; 
on one side of the skeleton lay 
a carpenter's rule, which Burton, 
who was Heming's brother-in-law, 
knew had belonged to him. The 
skeleton was also in length the ex- 
act height of Heming ; the skull 
was fractured into more than twenty 
pieces. The motive for this second 
murder it is at present difficult to 
conjecture — possibly he might have 
required a greater reward for the 
deed of blood, than his diabolic em- 
ployer was willing to give ; or per- 
haps the tempter, urged by his guilty 
fears, committed another murder as 
the means of concealing the first. 
Burton, on satisfying himself that 
the body was that of his brother-in- 
law, Heming, covered it up and 
gave iuformation to the coroner and 
a magistrate. The skeleton was, by 
order of the coroner, immediately 
removed to Worcester, when an in- 
quest was held at the Talbot Inn, on 
Tuesday,Jan.l9, 1830. The first wit- 
ness was Charles Burton, who de- 
posed to his having found the body 
buried under the barn floor, and his 
conviction that it was the body of 
Richard Heming, who was sus- 
pected of having shot Mr. Parker. 
The shoes found on the skeleton are 
the size of Heming's ; and he be- 
lieved them to be his. In June, 1806, 
and for six years after, Netiierwood 
farm (to which the barn belongs) 
was occupied by Mr.Thomas Clewes; 
the barn has been in the same state 
for the last thirty years; did not 
know whether Fleming ever worked 
for Clewes, or for any person in the 
parish, except the late Captain 
Evans. 

Mr. Pierpoint, surgeon, said he 



measured the body in the' ground ; 
it was five feet three inches in length; 
the bones of the skull were beaten 
into a great many pieces, and the 
injury must have taken place before 
the body was placed there. On ex- 
amining the skull carefully, witness 
thought from appearence that it was 
fractured while the person was liv- 
ing, or immediately after death ; the 
shoes were at the lower part of the 
trunk, and contained the bones of 
the feet, showing that the person 
had been buried with his shoes on ; 
the bones of the left arm were ex- 
tended under the head, and the hand 
under the sknll ; the right arm ex- 
tended across the ribs ; the hole 
seemed not dug wide enough to 
throw the body on the back, being 
about fourteen or fifteen inches wide. 
Witness also found a carpenter^s 
rule, with some remains of the rule- 
pocket, close by the right thigh-bone; 
a portion of the waistband of cordu- 
roy breeches, and some portions of 
a waistcoat and waistcoat-pocket; 
lying close to which were a knife, a 
small whetstone, a sixpence (one of 
the old plain pieces, with F. W. 
stamped on it), and three halfpence, 
of the date of 1799 ; it is impossible 
to say how long the body has been 
deposited, certainly many years ; 
the injuries which the skull presents 
were quite sufficient to produce in- 
stantaneous death ; no person could 
have inflicted such injuries on him- 
self 5 impossible to have been done 
by a pistol-ball, or by one blow ; 
witness could not exactly say the 
age ; the bones were not those of an 
old man, nor a very young one ; 
probably between 30 and 50 : the 
body must have been placed 'th^re 
when the flesh was entire, and must 
have remained undisturbed; there 
were no remains of a hat. 

Elizabeth Newbury, widow,stated, 
that in June, 1806, she was the wife 
of Richard Heming :" she saw him 
last on Midsummer Day, IbOo; he 



THE MURDERED MURDERER. 



left the house about half-past five in 
the morning; when he got up, he 
said it was late, and asked her where 
his dark blue coat was, as he was 
going to do a dirty job for Captain 
Evans, of Oddingley Church Farm ; 
she asked what dirty job ; and he 
replied, ** to pull some poles out of 
a pool ;'* he had a rule which he car- 
ried with him ; she firmly believed 
the rule found with the skeleton was 
his ; the height of her husband was 
exactly one inch below the standard 
of the militia (5ft. 4in.) ; he had a 
mouthful of good teeth. [The pieces 
of the skull, with the t eeth in perfect 
preservation, were here produced.] 
The witness was greatly affected, 
and said she believed the teeth to 
have been those of her husband ; she 
also believed the shoes on the skele- 
ton to have been his ; he also carried 
about him a pocket-knife, similar to 
the one found ; she always thought 
that those who had employed her 
husband to murder Mr. Parker, had 
murdered him afterwards ; T.CIewes, 
of Netherwood Farm, came to her 
husband several times during the 
three months preceding the murder ; 
no one else was in the habit of coming- 
after him, and, when he stayed out 
late, he generally said he was drink- 
ing with Clewes ; she never knevv 
that her husband had ever spoken to 
Mr. Parker, or had [any ill will to- 
wards him. 

" Henry Wattison stated, that in 
July, 1816, he succeeded Mr. Clewes, 
in Netherwood Farm. He has been 
in the habit of going into the barn 
night and morning since, and thinks 
a grave could not have been dug 
there without his knowledge. 

John Lench, butcher, stated, that 
in the afternoon of June 24, 1806, 
he was going along a lane in Od- 
dingley, in company with a person 
named Giles, since dead ; he heard 
the report of a gun, two or three 
stone-throws from Mr. Barnetl's 
house, and then heard some one cry 



" O Lord ! O Lord !" They ran 
to the place, and saw a man, and 
asked him what he had been doing ? 
he replied, nothing, and ran away ; 
witness's companion ran after him. 

The evidence given by Giles on 
the former inquest was here read. 

George Day stated that he was 
servant of Mr. Parker at the time 
he was shot ; he used to collect 
tithes of milk and eggs ; some of 
his parishioners were at variance 
with him on account of tithes. 

Thomas Barber, a shoemaker, 
stated, that one day, a short time 
before Mr. Parker's death, he was 
in witness's shop, when Mr. Clewes 
came in, and Mr. Parker immedi- 
ately went out. Clewes then began 
to use foul language respecting Mr. 
Parker, and said, '* There's fifty 
pounds for any man that will shoot 
the parson." He has heard Clewes 
curse the parson, meaning Mr. Par- 
ker. 

William Chillingworth stated, 
that he worked for Captain Evans, 
as a reaper, in the summer Mr. 
Parker was murdered. Captain 
Evans's house was searched after 
the murder for Heming ; witness 
never said that he concealed He- 
ming under the straw in Captain 
Evans's barn ; he found a saw and 
adze in the barn, which he believed 
to belong to Heming, and gave 
them to Captain Evans ; he never 
said that Captain Evans dared not 
send him to goal, for he could say 
two words that would hang the cap- 
tain. 

Susan Surman lived with Mr. 
John Barnett the year that Mr. 
Parker was shot ; used to fetch up 
the cows, and often met Mr. Parker 
in his field ; witness met Mr. Parker 
a short time before he was killed ; 
she heard the gun fired, and was 
but a few yards from him at the 
lime; she was frightened, and rar 
after the cows ; she heard a cry C' 
murder, and saw men running to- 



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wards Mr. Parker, and ran with 
them. A week or two before the 
murder, Heming used to meet her 
every morning and evening, but 
would not tell her his namie, or 
where he lived ; he used to Walk 
backwa:rds and forwards, as if wait- 
ing for some one, and had worn 'a 
path in the grass in Mr. Barnett's 
field ; Mr. Parker's glebe field was 
on the other side of the hedge ; she 
never saw Mr. Parker in his field 
while Heming was waiting for 
him, and did not seie Heming the 
evening Mr. Parker was shot ; 
Heming used to inquire if Mr. 
Clewes ever came to Mr. Barnett's. 
On the morning of the day on which 
Mr. Parker was shot, she saw 
Clewes near the end of Mr, Bar- 
nett's stable, on the Droitwich road ; 
he said to some person with him, he 
should be very glad to hear of a 
dead parson in the parish when he 
came home from Brorasgrove fair ; 
she never heard the Barnetts speak 
about the parson ; Mrs. Perkins, the 
evening of the murder, brought a 
horse, bridled and saddled, for Mr. 
Barnett's servant to go after Hem- 
ing, but Mr. Barnett refused to let 
him go ; three young men ofiered 
to go with him, but would not go 
without him, as they did not know 
Heming. 

At seven o'clock, the inquest was 
adjourned. Mr. Clewes and Messrs. 
Burnett were in attendance, and 
bound over to appear^on Friday.- — 
Captain Evans died some years ago 
at the age of ninety. 



SecondDay— Friday, Jail. 22,1830. 

The coroner and jury assembled 
shortly after nine o'clock, and the 
examination of witnesses was im- 
mediately entered upon. The first 
called was — 

Joseph Colley, who deposed as 
follows: — I live at Hinlip, and am 
a labourer. My house is near Od- 



dingley. I lived there in June, 1806, 
and T recollect the murder of Mr. 
Parker, whom I knew very well, as 
well as all who lived in the parish. 
About a fortnight before he was 
killed, I was" working for Mr. Pool, 
making hurdles. Whilst at work, 
Mr. Parker came to me several 
times, and once said, " Joe, I won- 
der what that Heming is always 
skulking about my glebe and in the 
lanes for, with something in a bag 
under his arm like a gun." I said, 
'* Why, sir, he wants to shoot you." 
Mr. Parker replied, "Do you think 
he does, Joe ?" I've seen Heming 
and Clewes drinking together at 
the Red Lion, Droitwich, two or 
three times before the murder of 
Mr. Parker ; it might be about a 
fortnight or three weeks before. 
Clewes was treating and urging 
Heming to drink, and said, "Here's 
to the death of the Buonaparte of 
Oddingley !" I knew that Mr. 
Parker was meant, but his (Mr. 
Parker's) name was not mentioned. 
This was the last time I saw Clewes 
and Heming together. Heming 
was a bad one. Heming said he 
had a nasty job to do at Oddingley, 
but it was then too late to go about 
it. It was then half-past five. Hem- 
ing addressed the last observation 
to all present — Clewes, as well as 
Mis. Cook, the landlady. I said 
nothing during the conversation. I 
knew there were then, and had been 
for some time, disputes between Mr. 
Parker, and Clewes, and other pa- 
rishioners, respecting the tithes. I 
never heard, upon either occasion 
of meeting Heming and Clewes 
at thei Ked Lion, the latter say any- 
thing 'about Mr. Parker by name. 
When I saw Heming lurking about 
tl)e lanes at Oddingley, he had al- 
ways something in a bag like a gun. 
The conversation I had with Mr. 
Parker, about Heming, was after 
I had seen Clewes and Heming to 



THE MURDERED MURDERER. 



gether at the public-house. I am 
seventy-seven years of age tins 
Christmas. 

William Rogers. — I live at Dod- 
derhill, and am a labourer. In June, 
1806, I lived at Hinlip. I recollect 
Mr. Parker's murder. The Sunday 
after the murder, I heard Henry 
Halbert say that he' saw Heming 
at Captain Evans's house the night 
the murder was committed ; he said 
it was after the murder. Halbert 
was then about twelve years of age, 
but he is now dead. He (Halbert) 
did not say any one else was there. 
I (witness) said nothing about what 
Halbert said. 

William Sraith.~In June, 1806, 
I lived with Mr. Thomas Clewes, of 
Netherwood Farm, Oddingley, as 
cowman, and helped to thrash and 
do the general work. I recollect, 
on Midsummer-day, 1806, my mas- 
ter telling me the parson of Odding- 
ley was shot. John Clewes was pre- 
sent at the time. Thomas Clewes 
told us both of the murder ; he did 
not say who told him of it. He 
seemed alarmed, and said he was 
sorry ; he seemed so to witness : 
*' he was cut." I saw Thomas 
Clewes this morning, in this house. 
I spoke to him, and he said he did 
not recollect me. Mothing else pass- 
ed between us. 

John Collins. — Lives at Bradley 
Green. In June, 1806, I lived with 
Mr. Thomas Clewes, at the Nether- 
wood Farm, Oddingley. I well 
remember the murder of Mr. Par- 
ker. I was informed of it the same 
evening, whilst I was returning from 
Haddington Mill. When I got 
home, about nine o'clock at night, 
it being then dusk, I found the house 
shut up, and all closed, The brew- 
house was shut up, and curtains all 
drawn. My master, Thomas Clewes, 
seemed much confused and cut up, 
as if he had lost a friend. My mas- 
ter said very little to me. He com- 
plained of my being so long away 



about the grist. Nothing was said 
by either of us about Mr. Parker's 
murder. I had my supper and went 
to bed. The other servants were 
a-bed. John Clewes slept with Har- 
ding, and I slept with Smith. There 
were two beds in the room. I was 
then about sixteen years of age. 
John Clewes was gone to bed. There 
was ^nothing, as I recollect, said 
about the murder by any of us in 
the night. I have not seen anything 
of Thomas Clewes for a long time 
before to-day. He asked me this 
morning whether I did not live with 
him at the time the parson was shot. 
I knew Heming, and have seen him 
at Clewes's ; he was there on the 
Sunday morning before the murder ; 
it was betwf,^ii breakfast-time and 
church-time. I saw Heming the 
first time that morning and Thomas 
Clewes in a foot-path leading into 
the inside of the Trench Wood, talk- 
ing together. I was then in search 
of sheep. When they saw me they did 
not appear surprised. When I went 
toward them they walked away : 
neither had any thing with them. I 
never before saw them together near 
that wood. It might be twelve be- 
fore they came home ; it was about 
three parts of an hour from the time 
I saw them near the wood. I do not 
know whether Clewes occupied the 
wood or not. Heming stayed but 
a short time ; heard nothing of what 
passed between them^ further than 
Clewes said at parting, '* Good morn- 
ing, Heming." Heming had been at 
Clewes's, backwards and forwards, a 
fortnight or three weeks before, 
Heming, to the best of my.remem- 
brance, did not work for Thomas 
Clewes. I never had any conver- 
sation with the Clewes's about Hem- 
ing and the murder of Mr. Parker. 
I thought at the time of the murder, 
Heming had been hired to do the 
murder. I thought also, from having 
seen Heming and Clewes, my mas- 
ter, together, on the previous Sui - 



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day, as I have described, that Tho- 
mas Clewes knew something of the 
murder, and that is the reason I said 
nothing about it. 

Edward Stephens, of Crowle, aged 
74. — I was once examined before on 
an inquest held on the body of the 
Rev. Mr. Parker, who was murdered 
ot Oddingley. On the 24th of June, 
1806, Pardoe, the clerk of Odding- 
ley, asked me to come with him to 
Worcester, for company, as he was 
going to have some bills printed 
about the murder. On our way, 
Perdoe said to me he had heard of 
many heavy threatenings from Mr. 
Thomas Clewes respecting the par- 
son's murder, and he said he dare 
not say any thing about it, as Clewes 
owed him near twenty pounds, for in 
case Clewes was took up and hanged, 
he] should lose his money. Pardoe 
has been dead about twelve months. 
The Coroner read the deposition 
*f John Pardoe, taken July 1, 
1S06. It was to this effect:— I 
worked for Thomas Clewes, of Od- 
diigley, farmer, at the time of {Mr. 
Pa-ker's murder. I have heard Cap- 
lain Evans, Mr. Barnett, and Mr. 
Cleves, abuse Mr. Parker, and use 
word', from which I should suppose 
Mr. Pirker might be in danger from 
them, or somebody employed by 
them ; m the last Sunday month, I 
was tal ing to Mr. Parker, and I 
said to lim that I was surprised he 
was not afraid to go out at night, 
for fear ht should be knocked on the 
head ; Mr.Parker said he was not. 



THiRDDAY.Thursday,Jan.28,1830. 

Mrs. Parkf, widow of the Rev. 
George Parke, deposed that on the 
Friday before the murder of her 
husband, after relating to her some 
abusive langua^ used towards him 
by Captain Evaij, her husband said, 
** I will swear m^ life against them 
all — for I now n^ what it is they 
want, unless it is ly life." By the 



expression " them," witness under- 
stood him to mean Captain Evans, 
Barnett, and Clewes. About a month 
before the murder, she and her hus- 
band were disturbed in the night, by 
something like gravel thrown against 
the window, but they did no 
look out ; the same thing occurred 
again tive or six nights after. Wit- 
ness never had any conversation 
with Captain Evans, Barnett, or 
Clewes after the murder ; she never 
heard them threaten her husband : 
she thinks Heming was employed 
to murder her husband, and that the 
gravel was thrown at the window to 
bring him to the window and then 
shoot him. 

John Perkins, of Sale Green, 
Crowle. — About three quarters of a 
year before the 1st of July, 1806, 1 
was in Captain Evans's parlour, at 
the Oddingley Church Farm. Cap- 
tain Evans, speaking of Mr. Parker, 
and the tithes of Oddingley, said, 
Mr. Parker was a very bad man, 
and there was nobody in the parish 
excepting me (witness) that agreed 

with him, and he said " D nhira, 

he is a very bad man, and there is 
no more harm in shooting him than 
a mad dog." I was at the Easter 
meeting of 1806, at the parish church, 
to pass the overseer's accounts. Mr, 
Parker, Mr. John Barnett, Mr. Tho- 
mas Clewes, Mr. Jones, Mr. Hur- 
cott, the prime paymasters of the 
parish, were there. Mr. Parker 
disputed a charge in the overseer's 
accounts for a dinner at the Plough, 
Tibberton, in the previous year. 
Some angry words passed, in which 
the subject of tithes was mentioned 
by Barnett, Evans, and Clewes. Bar- 
nett, Evans, Clewes, and Marshall, 
then went to the Plough to dine. I 
went, against my inclination, to the 
dinner, at the request of Mr. Parker, 
as did also Mr. Hurcott. There 
were present at the dinner, John 
and Thomas Clewes, Captain Evans, 
George and Henry Banks, Mr. Hur- 



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THE MURDERED MURDERER. 



cott, John and Willmm Barnett, 
Mr. Jones, Mr. Marshall, and wit- 
ness. Captain Evans in the chair. 
After several toasts had heen drunk, 
I was called upon to name a gentle- 
man ; I declined it. Captain Evans 
then gave the health of Mr. Parker 
left handed, and all drank it but 
poor Hurcott and me. A confusion 
took place on our refusal to drink it. 
Mr. Henry Bankes said I was a 
Jacobin. I said upon this, *' Gentle- 
men, Mr. Parker is as good as any 
of you." I reproached Captain 
Evans, as a . magistrate, for break- 
ing the peace, and said I was no 
Jacobin, and offered to jfight the 
best man of them. Captain Evans 
said, ** D — n you, you ought to be 
turned out of the room, for not 
drinking thetoast.'' I knew Richard 
Heming. About four weeks before 
the murder I saw him in Barnett's 
grounds. , Mr. Parker asked me 
the reason of his being there, and 
showed me the footmarks he had made 
in the grass. I have seen Clewes 
and Heming drinking together at 
Proitwich about six months before 
the murder (it might be less), and 
drank with them. I saw Clewes pay 
for a quart of drink Heming and 
Clewes had. I saw Mr. /John Bar- 
jiett the evening of the murder with 
the Rev. R. Pyndar. 
- The, jury now rose for the purpose 
of a short adjournment. Previously, 
however, to their being joined by 
the Coroner and Mr. Bass, the fore- 
man, the latter made a deposition 
before the Rev. Robert Clifton, a 
county magistrate, to the effect that 
he, William Bass, was foreman of 
the Coroner's Jury then sitting at 
the Talbot Inn, to inquire into the 
supposed murder of the late Richard 
Heming, of Droitwich ; and: that in 
the course of such inquiry, such 
evidence had been adduced as in- 
duced him to believe that Thomas 
Clewes, of Oddingley, farmer, had 
a ** guilty knowledge of such -mur- 



der/' and that the purposes of pub- 
lic justice, he verily believed, would 
be furthered by the commitment to 
prison of;the said Thomas Clewes 
for furtlier examination. 

Mr. Bass having sworn to the 
above, Clewes was ordered to be 
brought into the room, and he was 
made acquainted with the contents 
of the deposition, and the purposes 
of it. He betrayed not the slightest 
agitation or alarm ; he protested him- 
self entirely innocent of being privy 
to Heming's death, and, when told 
that he was about to be sent to pri- 
son, he said he should go there with- 
out the least fear as to the result. 
A warrant for his committal for fur- 
ther examination, was then placed 
in the hands of two constables, who 
immediately proceeded with him to 
the county gaol. 



FourthDay. Tuesday,Feb. 2,1830 

On the meeting of the jury, it wjs 
announced that Clewes had madt^a 
confession of the circumstances of 
the murder, in which he chargesse- 
veral persons with having beenpar- 
ticipators. Clewes was accordhgly 
produced, and after being wirned 
that all he said might be used as 
evidence against him, he vohntarily 
delivered the following stftement, 
which is given as nearly aspossible 
in his own words :— 

Mr. Parker, Jie said, w.« shot on 
Bromsgrove fair-day. Hcould not 
exactly state the year. Cn the mor- 
row morning, about se^^n o'clock, 
George Banks came o him and 
•said,— " We have go^ Heming at 
our house, and I dort know what 
to do with him. Wji you let him 
come, down here T He (Clewes) 
replie.d„ *' I won't ^ve him here, 
nor will I have anyhing to do with 
him." Banksthen^vent away. He 
said Heming wa4"*'king down in 
the meadows. Hf (Clewes) went to 
Oddingley aboii' J 1 o'clock in the 

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THE MURDERED MTJUDERER. 



9 



day to Mr. Jones, who is since dead. 
As he went along the road-side by 
Captain Evans's house, the captain 
called to him. He was in the gar- 
den by the road-side. He followed 
him (Clewes) into the field, and said, 
*' I have had Heming at our house 
this morning, and something mnst 
be done ; he is lurking down by 
your house. 1 ordered him to get 
into your building in the day-time, 
or at the edge of night, that I or my 
family might not see him, and some- 
thing must be done with him. I 
shall come down to your house at 
nigiit, and bring somebody with me. 
•We must give the poor devil some 
money;, or do something with him, 
and send him off. Will you get up 
and come to the barn— it won't de- 
tain you a minute." He (Clewes) 
refused, and said he did not like to 
come. The captain replied, " It will 
make no odds to you ; you need not 
be afraid to come. Just come out 
'at 11 o'clock, it will make no differ- 
ence to you; for, if you do not come, 
I shall be afraid of the dogs.'^ He 
(Clewes) went out at the appointed 
hour at the back door, and down to 
the barn as the clock struck eleven. 
He found there the captain, Joseph 
Taylor^ and he thought George 
Banks; he believed it to be him; 
he was in a smock frock. They all 
went into the barn. As soon as the 
-captain entered, he called out, not 
very loud, " Hallo, Heming, where 
■be'est?" Heming said, "Yes, sir." 
The captain and Taylor then stepped 
on the mound, which was about as 
high as a man's knee. The captain 
produced a lantern. He (Clewes) 
and George Banks were on the 
threshing-floor at the time. The 
captain said, " Get up, Heming, I 
have got some meat for you." Hem- 
ing was covered up with straw, — 
He partly rose up, as if he had been 
lying on his back, and, as he rose, 
Taylor,, with a blood-stick, hit him 
.somewhere about the head two or 



three times. He f Clewes), on see- 
ing this, said, ** This is bad work ; 
if I had known, you should not have 
had me here.'' The captain said, 
'' Now, he has got enough." Banks 
and he (Clewes) were then standing 
on the floor. Taylor and the captain 
then came off the mound. The former 
said, '* What is to be done with him 
now ?" The captain said, *' D — n 
his body, we must not take him out 
of doors ; it might happen somebody 
may see us. It was not very dark. 
Taylor went up and fetched an old 
spade. It was not one of his (Clewes'). 
The captain said to Taylor, "We'll 
soon put him safe." Taylor then 
searched round the opposite bay of 
the barn, and found a place where 
the dogs and rats had scratched 
holes. He did not throw out many 
spadesful of mould ; he cleared the 
side of the wall. He then said to 
the captain, who lighted him, " That 
will do for him." The captain and 
Taylor then got up the mound, and 
pulled Heming down to the front. 
The captain then said to Taylor, 
"Catch hold of him." They dragged 
him across the floor into the hole 
Taylor had dug in the opposite bay, 
and soon covered it up. He (Clewes) 
could not tell which way Heming 
was laid, as he never stepped off the 
floor into the bay. (At this part of 
the narrativeClewes said," I thought 
I should have died where I stood''). 
He then went on to say, that the 
captain, addressing Taylor, said, 
" Well done, boy! I will give you 
another glass or two of brandy :*' 
and then, turning to him (Clewes), 
said, " I will give you anything; 
d — n your body, don't you split I" 
They then parted, and the captain 
darkened his lantern. Taylor, the 
captain, and Banks, went towards 
Oddingley. He (Clewes) went to 
bed. The whole occupied altogether 
not half an hour. No clothes were 
taken off Heming; there was no 
time for that. He saw no blood : 



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THE MURDERED MURDERER. 



Heming neither moaned nor groaned 
after he was struck. The next day 
he (Clewes) went toPershore Fair. 
George Banks came to him in the 
fair, in the afternoon, about four or 
five o'clock, and called him up the 
entrance of the Plough, and said, 
*' Here's some money for you, which 
Heming was to have had.'' Mr. J. 
Barnett was with Banks. Both of 
them gave him money : it was in two 
parcels ready wrapped up. Banks 
said, " Be sure you never split." 
He did not count the money at the 
time. It amounted in all to £26 or 
d£27, all in notes ; there was ne sil- 
ver. Both Banks and Barnett said 
it was intended for Heming, to en- 
able him to get off. He was at the 
captain's a few days after. The 
captain sent for him, by one of his 
(Clewes's) children, a little boy, 
about seven years old. The cap- 
tain said, '* There is £5 at any time if 
you keep your peace." He (Clewes) 
never received any money from him 
afterwards. Miss Catharine Banks 
came into the room the same day, 
and, taking him by the coat with 
both hands, went down on her knees, 
and begged and prayed he would 
neversaya word, as she was fearful 
the captain had done bad things, and 
she was afraid if he (Clewes) spoke, 
some of them would be hanged. 
He promised he would never say 
anything. The captain had a sale 
about three years after. This sale 
he (Clewes) attended. The captain 
said to him, '* Do you want any- 
thing? if you do, I will make you 
a present of a trifle.'' He purchased 
a black mare [at the sale, for £22. 
On the evening of the sale, Mr. 
Handy asked him to settle for the 
m^re, when the Captain said to Mr. 
Handy, there is a settlement between 
him and me, and I will settle it." The 
captain never asked for the money. 
In nine or ten days after Heming 
was knocked on the head, the cap- 



tain wanted him to put some soil on 
the barn inwhich Heming was buried. 
In consequence, a good many loads 
were hauled to the barn-door, and 
some was thrown over each bay, 
and in the other barn as well. After- 
wards the captain asked him if it 
was done, and being told it was, he 
said he was very glad of it. No 
more was said about |it afterwards. 
Mr. J. Barnett lent him £100 after- 
wards, part of which is still owing. 
He gave a bond or note for it,which 
would have been paid if Barnett 
had applied in due time to Mr. 
Waterson. He was sure the trans- 
action was after the murder of Hem- 
ing. A little time after the murder, 
Taylor was put in gaol for what 
Roe had said. The captain and 
Miss Banks were much afraid, for 
fear he would tell. The captain 
and Mr. Barnett were had up. The 
captain asked him (Clewes) to be 
bound by an oath, which he, the 
captain, being a magistrate, would 
administer. He refused to take it. 
George Banks did not speak when 
in the barn. He (Clewes) fully 
thinks it was him. He had a smock 
frock on, and he (Clewes) never 
saw him in one before. 

The above having been taken 
down in writing, and read over to 
him, Clewes signed it, at the same 
time protesting his innocence of 
being the actual murderer of Hem- 
ing. 

After the confession had been ta- 
ken, the coroner ordered Mr. James 
Barnett to be kept in custody, and 
John Barnett was sent for, and in- 
formed that in consequence of infor- 
mationwhich had been laid before the 
jury, it was deemed necessary, for 
the furtherance of justice, that he 
should be committed to prison, to 
await the result of the present in- 
quiry. On being asked if he had 
any thing to say, he replied, *'No, 
sir, I have nothing to state." 



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11 



Fifth Day.— Thursday ,Feb.4, 1830. 

On the re-assembling of the jury, 
the following witnesses were ex- 
amined : — 

Elizabeth Jones' was servant to 
Captain Evans at the time of Mr. 
Parker's murder. She had seen 
Heming at the house several times. 
He was there on the morning of the 
murder, and had some drink, after 
which he went away. She never 
saw him afterwards. She first heard 
of the murder of Mr. Parker on her 
return from milking the cows in the 
evening. The captain had the cows 
milked in ^the adjoining parish of 
Tibberton, because the parson should 
not get ihe tithe. Clewes and Bar- 
nett used to come to the captain's 
house, but not together. Some time 
before the murder, she, while search- 
ing for eggs, found a gun in a bag 
concealed in a hay-rick. She took 
it'to the house. The captain [and 
Mr. Banks desired her to keep it 
till it was owned. It was not loaded. 
A week after, Heming called and 
claimed it He said he hid it there 
because it rained. She gave him 
the gun, and never saw it after- 
wards, nor did the captain or Banks 
make any inquiry about it. On 
her return from milking, none of 
Captain Evans's people had gone in 
pursuit of the murderer. The cap- 
tain offered money for the appre- 
hension of Heming. This was some 
days afterwards. Never heard the 
captain or Banks say they expected 
to find him from the reward offered. 
Knew nothing of Heming being in 
the house the day after the murder. 
She did not carry any provisions to 
him. There was noj room in the 
house '^locked up, or to which she 
had not'access. She can take upon 
herself to say Heming was not in 
the house on the night of the mur- 
der, or the following day. People 
might come to the honse, and she 
not see them. There was no female 
servant besides herself. The house 



was searched for Heming. Two 
constables stood at the front and 
two at the back-door, while the 
search was being made. This was 
some time after the murder, — as 
much as a week. She and Banks 
were at work at the time at the clo- 
ver-rick. She told Banks what she 
thought the men had come for. The 
house was never searched but that 
once ; can't say where Captain 
Evans was at the time. Knew Tay- 
lor ; he was a farrier at Droitwicb. 
Does not recollect seeing him at the 
captain's about the time of the mur- 
der. The clover was mowed on the 
day of the murder. N ever took any 
victuals up into the garret, and there 
left them. Pershore Fair is on the 
26th of June ; Captain Evans did 
not go there that year ; she men- 
tioned the circumstance of finding 
the gun, and Heming claiming it, to 
many persons. Does not recollect 
old Taylor being brought to the 
house late at night, and the captain 
giving him brandy. Some time 
during the summer, when the par- 
son was shot, Captain Evans wanted 
her to drink d n to the par- 
son. Sthe refused doing so ; this 
was in the parlour ; Mrs. Banks and 
Miss Banks were present. Captain 
Evans was very much ofl'ended with 
her because she would not ; h6 
never offered to put an oath of se- 
cresy to her. She did not know of 
his doing'jso to any one. Captain 
Evans used to go to Droitwich every 
Friday. Heming never wore a 
smockfrock, except when he had 
dirty work to do, and then he bor- 
rowed one. Captain Evans wall 
always speaking ill of Mr. Parker, 
because he would not set him the 
tithes. Has seen Heming in liquor 
at the captain's house. Langford 
and Light lived with the captain 
when she did. 

Thomas Lloyd, labourer. — Lived 
in the employ of Mr. Parker. Never 
heard Mr. Batnett threaten Mr. Par- 



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THE MURDERED MURDERER. 



ker ; but had seen him kick him. — 
They fell out about the tithes, and 
Mr. Barnettsaid, '* D — n your blood, 
take that/^ and kicked him. Has 
heard Barnett curse him at other 
times. Captain Evans and Mr. 
Banks frequently d — d the parson, 
in witness's hearing. Barnett was 
tried at the assizes for the assault. 

Richard Page is a publican at Od- 
dingley. He saw Heming on the 
night of the murder. He had a pint 
of ale, and paid for it. He fhad a 
long blue coat hanging on his arm, 
and seemed in a great hurryj and 
much confused. About twenty mi- 
nutes after he left, the parson's man 
came, and said his master had just 
been shot. He never saw Heming 
afterwards, 

Henry Elvins. — Lived with Cap- 
tain Evans, but never heard him say 
any thing against the parson. Has 
since worked for Mr. Barnett. 

John Clewes, the elder, examined 
(This witness is brother to the Tho- 
mas Clewes who made|J^the confes- 
sion.) Is a farmer, and"lives at Wel- 
land ; in June, 1806, he was living 
at Netherwood with his brother, 
(Thomas Clewes) as carter. His 
brother dined at home the day Mr. 
Parker was shot. Witness heard of 
the murder about six or seven in the 
evenicg. Some men who were rid- 
ing past his brother's house shouted 
out that the parson had been shot ; 
does not know who they were ; did 
not go in pursuit of tlie murderer, 
as he did not think the report was 
true. His brother was out at the 
time, but whether on horseback or 
no he could not say ; he went out 
about the middle of the day ; he 
came home to supper, and then said, 
in hearing of Smith and Collins, that 
the parson was shot. Does not think 
he mentioned any person by name 
as the supposed murderer ; will not 
swear positively whether he did or 
not. Witness's brother did not say 
that it was a good thing ; he did not 



request witness to go in pursrat o; 
the murderer; witness did not ask 
permission to go ; he never gave ii 
a thought. He learnt that nighi 
that the man who was supposed tc 
have done it had gone clean away ; 
believes his brother told him so.- — 
Will not swear that Heming's name 
was not mentioned ; can't tell who 
his brother said fhad informed him 
of the parson being shot. Went to 
bed after having his supper. He 
should wish to take a murderer at 
any time, but did not go in pursuit 
on this occasion. Did not know 
Heming, to the best of his know- 
ledge ; to the best of his knowledge, 
he had not seen him at his brother's 
the previous Sunday ; he might be 
there, and he not see him. Witness 
sometimes went to church, although 
his brother did not wish any of his 
servants to go there. Does not re- 
collect Mr. G. Banks coming to his 
brother's the following morning: 
believes he went to bed before his 
brother that night : he was at plough 
the following day. Does not know 
whether his brother was atOddingley 
on the morning of the 25th of June. 
He knew nothing about where<|his 
brother went. Did not know when 
his brother went to bed on the night 
of the 25th. Witness went to bed 
at nine o'clock, and never rose after- 
wards till the following morning. 
Will swear he was not in the barn 
that night. On the 20th of 'June 
his brother went to Pershore Fair. 
Neither! saw nor heard any one 
about the barn on the night of the 
25th. There was a good house- 
dog on the premises. Witness did 
hear it bark in the night. His bro- 
ther did not tell him what he went 
to Pershore Fair about. lie neither 
took stock to sell, nor brought any 
back. Never heard his brother say 
anything of what had become of 
Heming. Witness thought he had 
gone out of the country. Kecollects 
some marl being put in the barn 



THE MURDERED MURDERER. 



13 



about the time of Mr. Parker's death, 
but whether before or after, he'could 
not say. Swears that he did not 
, know that his brother, Captain 
I Evans, and Mr.G. Banks, were sust- 
pected of having driven^Heming to 
the murder of Mr. Parker. His 
brother never told him about it. 
Never heard of his brother having 
oft'ered a sum of money to have the 
parson shot ; can't say whether he 
ever heard his brother say that it 
would be no harm to shoot the par- 
sou ; he very likely might have 
heard him say so, but the observa- 
tion was not addressed to witness. 
His ; brother was in the habit of 
going to Mr. Barnett's and Mr. 
Evans's. 'Witness was not at the 
dinner at the Plough, the Lady-day 
before Mr. Parker's death; does 
not recollect hearing his brother say 
what toast was drunk there ; does 
not know whether the dog was tied 
up on the night of the 25th ; it was 
not usual to tie him up. Did not 
see his brother count any money on 
his return from Pershore Fair. 
Witness can positively swear . he 
knew nothing of how Heming lost 
his life, nor had the least reason in 
the world for supposing that he was 
buried in his brother's barn. 

Jesse Candell, of Oddingley, de- 
posed that the parson was buried in 
the chancel of the church ; Banks 
was present, and looked into the 
grave and laughed: he[ said some- 
thing, but what, witness did not 
hear. He seemed glad the parson 
was dead. 

John Clewes,jun. examined. — Is 
the son of Thomas Clewes, and is 
thirty years old. Remembers the 
death of Mr. Parker ; he was then 
about six years old ; heard of the 
Miurder the same evening ; he was, 
at the time, in the rick-yard ; his 
uncle John was not with liim ; heard 
nothing further that night ; his father 
did not say anything to him about 
it that night ; does not recollect see- 



ing Captain Evans the next day, 
and his sending a message by wit- 
ness, saying he wanted to see wit- 
ness's father j he might have sent 
such a message, and witness have 
forgotten it. At the time of Mr. 
Parker's death, he did not sleep in 
in the same room as his father ; has 
heard his father say he knew no- 
thing of either of the murders ; wit- 
ness used to go to church, both be- 
fore and after the murder. 

Mr. William Barnett examined — 
Was living at Oddingley in 1806, 
with his brother, Mr. J. Barnett. 
Heard of Mr. Parker's being shot on 
his return from Bronisgrove Fair on 
the evening of the 24th of June, 
about eight o'clock. Did not Sx^e 
Thomas Clewes at the fair. Was 
first told of it by the boy who took 
care of his horse. He did not tell 
him who w^as the person supposed to 
have shot the parson. Thinks he 
heard, the same evening, that it was 
supposed to be Heming, but he can't 
say who told him. He never spoke 
to Heming,nor should he have known 
him if he had seen him. Did not go 
in pursuit, as he heard other persons 
had gone, and he thought it would 
be of no use. Had no conversation 
with his brother that evening about 
the murder. He was constable at 
the time. Can't say whether he or 
his brother went to bed first. They 
slept in the same bed. Did not hear 
his brother say he had been up to 
Captain Evans that evening. Can't 
say whether his brother was at home 
or not when he returned. The spot 
where the parson was shot was dis- 
tant about a quarter of a mile from 
witness's brother's house. Although 
it was so near, and although the 
deceased was his rector, lie can't say 
he had any communication tiie same 
evening with his brother on the sub- 
ject. Captain Evans never came to 
this house, to witness's knowledge ; 
but G.Banks came sometimes. Never 
heard any conversation between 



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THE MURDERED MURDERER. 



his broth*»r and Mr. Banks, respect- 
ing the clergyman. Recollects the 
meeting at the Plough at Tibberton. 
Thinks he was present. Does not 
recollect the health of the parson 
being drunk left-handed. Will not 
swear it was not so drunk in his pre- 
sence. There was a squabble in the 
evening. Perkins, J. Barnett, Hur- 
cott, Marshall, Banks, and Thomas 
Clewes, were present ; can't say 
whether Captain Evans was there ; 
the captain was a leading man among 
them. Will not swear he did not 
see his brother and Mr. G. Banks 
together, the day after the murder. 
His brother slept at home on the 
evening of the 2.5th of June, to the 
best of his belief. Was not at Per- 
shore Fair on the 26th of June, 
neither was his brother there, to his 
recollection. Has heard very little 
of the confession made by Clewes ; 
has not seen the account of it in the 
Worcester Journal. He understood 
that Clewes had charged Banks and 
Evans with being concerned in the 
business. Had not heard that Clewes 
had stated that witness's brother was 
at Pershore Fair on the 26!h of June. 
The farm was then the property of 
his mother, for her life. Witness 
went for the coroner to hold the in- 
quest ; he thought that was his duty. 
Knew Thomas Clewes; he lived at 
Netherwood farm in 1806; never 
lent him any money, nor did witness's 
brother, to the best of his knowledge. 
Does not know of a certainty that 
his brollier now holds a bond of 
Clewes for 100/. Clewes has worked 
for witness and his brother since he 
left Netherwood. He never had any 
particular conversation with him 
about the murder of Mr. Parker. 
They did not treat him more kindly 
than the other men. Tiiey only era- 
ployed him occRsionally ; tliey era- 
ployed him l.'ist Michaelmas. Will 
swear he never heard of any sum of 
money being offered for the murder 
of Mr. Parker. Knows the ilaven 



public-house, in the Droitwich road; 
will swear he was never in the inside 
of the house in the whole course of 
his life; swears he never drank 

d n to the parson there. Does 

not recollect the Rev. Mr. Cookers 
preaching at Oddingley Church, 
shortly after the death of Mr.-Parker, 
from the text, " Thou snalt do no 
murder.'' There was some law con- 
cern between his brother and the 
parson, about an assault. His bro- 
ther was beat. The bag and gun 
found near the spot where Mr.Parker 
was murdered, were afterwards in 
witness's possession, he being con- 
stable at the time ; does not know 
what marks were on the gun ; will 
swear he did not alter them ; can't 
tell who made their bags at the time. 
Believes his mother's initials, E. B., 
were on the sacks. 

(The gun and sack were here pro- 
duced ; the gun was broken ; there 
appeared to have been initials on the 
sack ; but they were obliterated.) 

Witness believes the gun and 
sack to be the same. Does not re- 
collect being told by a servant-girl 
that a man was in the habit of lurk- 
ing about their fields. Does not re- 
collect Mr. Parker's objecting to 
charges in the parish accounts for 
dinners. He was not overseer as 
well as constable that year. 

The witness was here strictly ex- 
amined as to whether he had seen 
or heard read the whole or any part 
of the circumstantial account^ of 
Clewes's confession, published in the 
Worcester Journal of the preceding 
evening. He swore he had not read 
or heard any part of it ; he did not 
know it was published last rsight; 
he left Worcester for Oddingley last 
night, and never returned till eleven 
o'clock that morning. He had 
heard of a confession having been 
made by Clewes; he was told of 
on Wednesday, by his brother's 
solicitor, Mr. Lawrence; lie then 
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THE MURDERED MURDERER. 



15 



him thatClewes had said that Bankes 
and Evans were concerned in mur- 
dering Heming, or that they were 
accomplices, or something of that 
sort ; it was about dinner-time on 
Wednesday: he met Mr. Lawrence 
in the street, and went with him to 
the gaol to see witness'sbrother. Mr. 
Lawrence did not say anything about 
the confession at the gaol, as the 
turnkeys were by ; nothing passed 
except about the farming business. 
The confession was not talked of in 
witness's presence at the gaol ; no- 
thing was said about Pershore Fair, 
to the best of his knowledge. Does 
not.recollect his brother being told 
by Mr. Lawrence, in his presence, 
that Clewes had said that J. Barnett 
had given him a sum of money at 
Pershore Fair. Witness did not hear 
his brother say he did not give him 
any. He, his brother, and Mr. Law- 
rence were not in the Talbot-Irm 
yard on Tuesday afternoon, consult- 
ing together : he swears that. 

Mr. Smith, the coroner, here said 
he saw them there himself. 

The witness, however, persisted 
in saying he was not there. He 
heard on Tuesday afternoon of some 
confession being made, but not what. 
Was toid by Mr. Lawrence, on re- 
turning from the gaol, about the 
statement of Clewes, respecting the 
money he said was paid him at Per- 
shore fair; was not told by Mr. Law- 
rence to know nothing about Per- 
sliore fair, when he came to be ex- 
amined. Does not recollect being 
told by any person that Clewes had 
said Heming was murdered in his 
barn on the night of the 25th of June. 
Would not swear he was not told so. 

The witness, for nearly half an 
hour, would not give a positive 
answer either way on this subject, 
although remonstrated with by the 
foremai], and threatened to be com- 
mitted, if he did not answer it, by the 
coroner. At last, he svi-ore positively 
that he had not been told of it by 
any body. 



Sixth Day— Friday, Feb. 5, 1830. 

Thursday was chiefly occupied by 
the coroner in his recapitulation of 
the evidence, after which the jury 
retired for about an hour, and then 
returned a verdict of " Wilful Mur- 
der against Thomas Clewes and 
GeorgeBanks and against John Bar- 
nett as an accessary before the fact." 

Thomas Clewes, though he exhi- 
bited no symptoms of agitation when 
the first committal was announced to 
him, yet the solitude of a prison 
and 'the dread of future conse- 
quences, produced such an eifect 
upon him, that on Sunday he made 
his confession to the Rev. E, Clifton ; 
the consequence was, that on the af- 
ternoon of that day, two police offi- 
cers were dispatched in a chaise to 
Hanbury, to apprehend George 
Banks, who was one of the witnesses 
examined on Friday. They found 
him at home, and convej^ed him to 
the county gaol in the course of the 
evening. 

George Banks is about forty-fivs 
years of age. He manages a farm 
for a female, at Hanbury, and pos- 
sesses property ; he seems to have 
been much respected in that neigh- 
bourhood. Taylor, whom Clewes 
charges with the murder of Hem- 
ing, was a farrier at Droitwich ; he 
is dead. Captain Evans died in May 
last, at Droitwich, at the age of 95 ; 
he was for many years a magistrate 
of Droitwich : he had retired from 
the 89th Foot, on half-yay. Mr. 
John Barnett is a farrier at Odding- 
ley : Clewes failed a (ew after Mr. 
Parker's murder. Heming was a 
native of Breden ; he bore an indif- 
ferent ciiaracier. The barn at Ne- 
therwood farm is completely pulled 
down, but the spot where the skele- 
ton was found is kept as free from 
disturbance as possible. Numbers 
have visited it daily since the in- 
quiry. 



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THE MURDERED MURDERER. 



At the time of the murder, Clewes 
was an opulent farmer ; the farm of 
Netherwood, which he held under 
Lord Foley, containing 160 acres of 
well-cultivated land. His affairs sub- 
sequently became embarrassed, and he 
made an assignment of his stock and 
other etfects to Mr. Waterson, for the 
benefit of his creditors. Since then he 
has worked as a farm labourer ; but, 
obtaining frequent employ from Lord 
Foley as woodman, he, has been able 
to maintain a more decent appearance 
than the average of agricultural la- 
bourers. 



Mr. Banks is possessed of a goi 
property, is well educated, and 
pleasing address ; he kept a hunt< 
and was in the habit of mixing wi 
the gentlemen of the neighbourhood. 

Mr. J. Barnett, the other allege 
participator in the crime of Heming: 
murder, is an extensive farmer at O 
dingley ; he inherits property devis' 
to him by his father's vv'ill, and is sa 
to be worth £20,000. He is about 
years old. It is said an applicati 
will be made to the King's Bench 
admit Messrs. Banks and Barnett 
bail. 



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CONTENTS OF THE NUMBERS ALREADY PUBLISHED. 



No. I. The ART of TELLING FORTUNES 
b^- CARDS. With an Eni,'raving. 

2. LIFE of JONATHAN W ILD, with an 
Account of all his Villainies, and liis Portrait. 

3. . Extraordinary Instances of SOMNO- 
LENCY ; with a Portrait. 

4. History of R. HERTZ, from whom 395 
Needles were extracted, with other similar cases. 

5. LIFE and EXPLOITS of tiie notorious 
BUCKHORSE, with his Portrait. 

6. Anecdotes of Celebrated DOGS ; with a 
Likeness of the Dog of St, Bernard Corivent. 

7. LIFE of COOKE, the Actor ; with a Scene 
in his Life. 

8. Trial of BURKE for the MURDERS in 
EDINBURGH ; with an Engraving. 

9. Life of SAWJSEY BEANE, the Scotch 
Robber, Murderer, and Cannibal ; with an En- 
gravinsi 

10. Curious History of the FEMALE HUS- 
BAND, James Allen. 

11. AtrociousLife and Cruelties of MOTHER 
BROWNRIGG ; with a Frontispiece. . 

12. An Exposure of the Adulterations of Tea ; 
with Engravings of the Tea and Sloe Plants. 

13. Speech of EARL ELDUN, '>n iivc Caiiio- 
lic Question- 



14. Anecdotes of Celebrated DOGS, Part 1 
with an Engraving. 

15. Unparalleled Feats of the American P 
nomenon, TOM THUMB ; with liis Liicenes 

16. Trial of BIRMINGHAM, for the K 
sinaiton Murder; with an Engraving. 

Tt— 18. The Whole ot the LAWS relating 
SAVINGS' BANKS. 

19. The CASE of ELIZA PENNING, w 
Proofs of her Innocence; and" an Engraving 

20. The whole ART of SWIMMING ; w 
an Engraving of the best Attitudes. 

21. the GREENWICH HOAX ; with all 
Love-Letters. 

22. The whole Art of Making FIREWORK 
with an Engraving of the Taking of Guy Faw 

23—24. ilie NEW POLICE ACT ; with 
accurate Engraving of the New Police Constat 

25—26. Life of "VIDOCQ, the French Pol 
Spy : with an Engraving. 

27. Full History of the SIAMESE UNITl 
TWINS: with their Likeness. 

28. Account of the Performances of the Gr 
SIAMESE ELEl'HAN'l" at the Adelphi. 

29-30. THE UNIVERSAL VALENTIl 
WRII'ER; in Two Paris — Humorous^ and I 
rious. 

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